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4 events in Nottingham - anti-fascism in 1930s Spain and rededication of Interna
30-06-2010 10:22 | 7 comment(s)
Budget protest: Nottingham
23-06-2010 21:59 | 3 comment(s)
Life grows on at the Earth Centre
JB SPRAY Squat, Nottingham Under Threat of Eviction
Dissident Island Radio - 7 May 2010 broadcast - check it out!
Mayday edition of the Nottingham Sparrow
Lib Dems accused of Homophobia for smearing and endangering LGBT community
03-05-2010 10:40 | 2 comment(s)
Nottingham Mayday 2010
02-05-2010 10:48 | 7 comment(s)
Nottingham Free School's May Day Discussion
Subverting the Tories
27-04-2010 15:32 | 6 comment(s)
An all new term of Sumac Skillshares
May Day Discussion
18-04-2010 07:31 | 1 comment(s)
A Year Ago Today
13-04-2010 12:13 | 5 comment(s)
Meeting to Support CEHRNN
Serco goverment services attacked
06-04-2010 11:31 | 3 comment(s)
Tesco's plans for world domination continue apace
31-03-2010 17:59 | 3 comment(s)
Pleasely Hill People's Network: interview
29-03-2010 18:04 | 1 comment(s)
Stop the cuts public meeting: 12th April
28-03-2010 20:07 | 1 comment(s)
Save Newark Hospital
Sodexo's Lake side Cafe targeted
24-03-2010 12:41 | 3 comment(s)
Radford community on the march
Nottingham ABC film night at the Sumac
Letter writing to Prisoners at the Crocus
18-03-2010 12:20 | 1 comment(s)
Meeting for radical climate action and analysis - Tuesday 16th March
Community Action Network Gathering
Calais Migrant Solidarity info night at the Crocus
Protest against cuts at city council
The Poll Tax: Twenty years on
06-03-2010 12:55 | 2 comment(s)
County Hall budget protest: Report
26-02-2010 21:26 | 1 comment(s)
Working across privilege workshop
Demo against council cuts: Thursday 25th
22-02-2010 18:16 | 3 comment(s)
Fighting and Beating the Poll Tax - Friday 5th March 2010
Radical Climate Action and Discussion Group Meeting, Sumac, Tuesday evening
16-02-2010 12:43 | 1 comment(s)
Save Victoria Baths Campaign hand in petition to City Council
Report from Save Victoria Baths demo 7/2/10
06-02-2010 17:02 | 2 comment(s)
Save Victoria Baths: Interview
02-02-2010 20:36 | 1 comment(s)
Selina Adda did not fly yesterday
Mad World presents 'Insight in Mind'
The EDL Issue Terror Threats To Taxi Drivers
25-01-2010 16:42 | 10 comment(s)
Sanctuary for the Adda Family
The Anarchist / Indymedia reaction to the EDL is not working
24-01-2010 11:41 | 27 comment(s)
Hardcore Nazis of the EDL
23-01-2010 20:33 | 16 comment(s)
Council does the dirty on the Save Victoria Bath Campaign
18-01-2010 13:39 | 1 comment(s)
10-01-2010 15:02 | 1 comment(s)
The Skill Shares are Back!
09-01-2010 19:12 | 1 comment(s)
Photos Of EDL
12-12-2009 18:26 | 7 comment(s)
Piss-Poor EDL Defending England's Heritage
07-12-2009 14:07 | 11 comment(s)
EDL Violence In Nottingham
07-12-2009 00:34 | 5 comment(s)
Wetherspoons (and the Police) Allow Drunken Nazis Onto Roof
05-12-2009 16:26 | 7 comment(s)
Response to EDL's Duty vs Our Antifa Duty
05-12-2009 10:35 | 12 comment(s)
Campaiging cyclists on the road from Cambrige to London
Confronting the EDL - our historic duty!
04-12-2009 22:31 | 2 comment(s)
Weatherspoons warned not to host EDL
04-12-2009 20:55 | 3 comment(s)
Weatherspoons Advised dont hold EDL demo in Notts!
04-12-2009 12:17 | 2 comment(s)
Evening Post censors antifascists
Another shoplifting copper caught with their trousers down
28-11-2009 19:25 | 2 comment(s)
25ft Gun Demo A Success
14-11-2009 11:10 | 4 comment(s)
Notts IWW members leaflet local Job Centre in solidarity with postal workers
31-10-2009 00:25 | 4 comment(s)
26/10/09: A day to remember in the fight against coal
30-10-2009 20:35 | 3 comment(s)
Nottingham Claimants Action website has moved
20-10-2009 21:48 | 2 comment(s)
Climate Activists Cheer 'Two Down, One To Go', As Great Climate Swoop Looms
11-10-2009 18:00 | 2 comment(s)
Sonic Rock Against Racism Gig Redhouse Sheffield Nov 1st 2009
Operation Liberation: Highgate Rabbit Farm (by Latuff) - High res version
26-09-2009 10:30 | 5 comment(s)
Protest at Border Agency offices in Derby
24-09-2009 07:22 | 3 comment(s)
CSSGJ Open Seminar. Thursday 24th September @ 4pm
Protest against the BNP Event in Codnor, Derbyshire : Police Action
24-08-2009 16:29 | 7 comment(s)
Angel-faced BNP racist aged 12
23-08-2009 03:20 | 13 comment(s)
Demonstration against the BNP Event in Codnor, Derbyshire 2
Demonstration against the BNP Event in Codnor, Derbyshire 1
Breaking news: Two charged with leaking BNP membership list
21-08-2009 14:26 | 7 comment(s)
Report of anti BNP protest in Codnor with 20 photos
17-08-2009 15:09 | 3 comment(s)
BNP 'Red, White and Blue' festival hit by direct action
15-08-2009 23:11 | 30 comment(s)
Photos from Protest against the BNP's Red White and Blue Festival 2009
15-08-2009 20:47 | 16 comment(s)
First report back from RWB demo
15-08-2009 16:16 | 5 comment(s)
BNP nazi guest barred from UK
14-08-2009 13:28 | 15 comment(s)
Solidarity Rally in Support of Vestas Workers - Wednesday 10th August
10-08-2009 21:54 | 2 comment(s)
Demo in support of Amdani Juma [continued Immigration Limbo]
26-07-2009 11:54 | 1 comment(s)
Smoking ban upheld in Rampton
24-07-2009 18:29 | 11 comment(s)
City Council Rips off Poor Parents while the Sheriff Picks on Geese
Grot Vs Squat? continued Nottingham Council inaction on empty properties
16-07-2009 16:18 | 3 comment(s)
Demos & Surveillance continue [July] at Heckler & Koch weapons HQ
13-07-2009 23:12 | 8 comment(s)
Discussion on Public Services
Heather Nicholson moved prison
08-07-2009 20:31 | 1 comment(s)
Chase that crazy beenie out of town& Nottingham carnival
04-07-2009 21:22 | 7 comment(s)
CCTV for Forest Fields approved by City Council
01-07-2009 09:42 | 4 comment(s)
Demo against Notts Police & £700,000 bill for arresting 114 enviro activists
26-06-2009 01:10 | 9 comment(s)
Public meeting: After the Iranian 'Elections' - Solidarity with Iranian workers
25-06-2009 22:05 | 1 comment(s)
SHAC Mad Science Week Part 2; Sweden, UK, Chile & USA
01-06-2009 15:54 | 2 comment(s)
BNP confirm RWB will be held in Derbyshire for a third year
Heckler & Koch Campaign :: Spread the Word in Nottingham
Nottingham's Annual MayDay March and Rally 2 : Event
Nottingham's Annual MayDay March and Rally 1 : Parade
10-05-2009 23:26 | 3 comment(s)
Secret Nottingham City Council report leaked
10-05-2009 09:22 | 2 comment(s)
Dissident Island Radio - latest show ready for download!
Housing Benefit Fraud in Nottingham
CCTV proposed scheme for Forest Fields : public meeting report
24-04-2009 12:56 | 5 comment(s)
Zimbabwe ‘Death of Democracy’ Gathering in Hyson Green, Nottingham
20-04-2009 17:33 | 1 comment(s)
Statement of solidarity with the Nottingham 114
19-04-2009 09:53 | 1 comment(s)
Dissident Island Radio Show - Tonight!! 9pm
A Conspiracy too far?
16-04-2009 14:46 | 10 comment(s)
Solidarity for the Coal Conspiracy 114
16-04-2009 13:33 | 10 comment(s)
'Cut Waste Not Jobs' Posters
Bristol Rising Tide and Westside Statement of Solidarity for the RATCLIFFE 114
15-04-2009 20:34 | 1 comment(s)
Hillsborough 1989 Remembered
15-04-2009 10:48 | 2 comment(s)
Activist Tat Training Session 8th and 9th May
06-04-2009 22:41 | 4 comment(s)
Nottingham Easter Egg Run
Trying to make sense of the G20 protests
02-04-2009 15:01 | 1 comment(s)
Riseup! Follows Nottingham G20 ‘delegates’ to London
30-03-2009 17:52 | 1 comment(s)
Nottingham Heckler & Koch Campaign Visit Germany 5 [KTS Social Centre Freiburg]
28-03-2009 21:57 | 1 comment(s)
Nottingham Heckler & Koch Campaign Visit Germany 4 [Oberndorf Demo]
28-03-2009 21:49 | 1 comment(s)
Nottingham Heckler & Koch Campaign Visit Germany 3 [Oberndorf Demo]
Nottingham Heckler & Koch Campaign Visit Germany 1 [Freiburg Peace Group]
28-03-2009 21:25 | 1 comment(s)
Ken Loach Speaking at Nottingham Stop the War Meeting
Strikes, campaigns, Labour Movement and Trade Union issues.
See also UK Indymedia - Social Struggles
On Tuesday June 22nd, ConDem Chancellor George Osborne revealed the contents of the "emergency budget." As expected, this included a pay freeze for public sector workers (except the lowest paid) along with cuts in housing benefit and an increase in VAT.
The SWP-initiated Right to Work campaign called for protests across the country against the budget. These were supported by Unison and, locally, by the Nottinghamshire and Mansfield Trades Council. Trade unionists and others demonstrated outside the Council House from 5.30pm. There were also protests by the PCS (the civil service union) at lunchtime.
Mayday, International Workers' Day, fell on a Saturday this year, and was celebrated in Nottingham by a march from Victoria Park to Speakers' Corner in the centre of town and back. It was followed by a rally with speakers from local campaigns and music and dance. The theme of this year's event was fighting against the public sector cuts that all of the major parties are planning to bail the country out of the recession. It was attended by over 100 trade unionists, socialists, anarchists and environmentalists.
There was also a rally at Derby Silk Mill on the Saturday, attended by hundreds of trade unionists. The region's biggest Mayday celebrations were held in Chesterfield on bank holiday Monday.
In the run up to Mayday, Nottingham Free School held a discussion on the issues surrounding Mayday, such as the gendered nature of work, critiques of paid work and the workplace as a site of resistance to capitalism. These discussion events are set to continue.
Newswire: Mayday edition of the Nottingham Sparrow | Notts Indypendent: New Nottingham community newsletter | Chesterfield Mayday 2010 | Nottingham Mayday 2010 | Nottingham Free School's May Day Discussion | The Future Of Protest In Nottingham : Whose streets? Our streets!
Previous feature: Whose streets? Our streets?
The coming months will see a general election and local elections across Notts. The normally dormant and unresponsive political classes are being brought out of their boxes and wound up for the occasion, giving rise to all manner of unlikely promises and public appearances.
On Saturday, Gordon Brown made an amazingly brief and security-shrouded stop at the University of Nottingham, as part of his pre-election tour. Before local political veteran, Lord Biro, could find him he was on his way to Glasgow.
The zeal of the Labour-led City Council's cut backs on community spending are allowing Tories to set themselves up as unlikely saviours. Their prospective Parliamentary candidate for Nottingham South, is promising to save Radford Unity Complex from closure. Not all of the electorate are convinced though - the Broxtowe Tory chairman was savaged by a dog whilst out leafleting in Beeston.
Newswire: Brown Launches Manifesto under media security blanket | BNP announce candidate in Mansfield | BNP candidates in the East Midlands | Radford community on the march | Report on protest against BNP Sutton meeting | It's a dog eat politician world
Previous feature: Don't vote! It only encourages them
Saturday 20th March saw over 100 members of the Radford community march from the threatened Radford Unity Complex to Market Square. They were protesting City Council plans to close the building which is currently home to a number of community groups.
The Council says it is saving £140,000 per year by closing the building and says it has a buyer. They have offered the affected groups premises at the closed Douglas Road Primary School. However, Joginder Singh of the Sikh Community and Youth Service said that the new premises are "many times worse" than those they have at the moment and that the groups have been "treated like parasites" by Jon Collins and the City Council.
The groups are angry that they were not consulted about the plans before being served with an eviction notice and that they are not being given an opportunity to buy the building themselves. They are considering taking legal action against the council over the way they have been treated.
On March 8th, Nottingham City Council met to approve the 2010/11 budget. Like many council budgets this included a series of cuts to services, in this case amounting to £18.8 million. Nottingham City Unison called a lunchtime protest outside the Council House to show their opposition. Disabled campaigners blocked the tram to express their anger at the proposals.
Council plans to close Victoria Leisure Centre, which were brought forward to save money, have also faced opposition and their is growing dissent about plans to close libraries in Wilford and Beechdale.
Unison's protest coincided with the first day of a forty-eight hour national strike by members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) over attacks on their redundancy scheme. In Nottingham strikers marched from Castle Meadow to the International Community Centre (ICC) for a rally.
On March 5th 1990, Nottingham City Council, then as now Labour-led, met to set the Poll Tax rate for the city. Protesters burst into the council chamber dressed as Robin Hood. Several councillors were custard pied and the campaigners were arrested by the police. Despite expert evidence that custard pies were not dangerous, the Magistrate failed to see the funny side and two of the campaigners were sent down. This action was part of a wave of protests, disruptions and riots at council meetings across the country which set the scene for the famous riot in Trafalgar Square at the end of March, the day before the tax was to come into force in England and Wales.
To mark the 20th anniversary of this event, Nottingham Radical History Group organised an event to look back on the struggle. This is part of a wider project to make available documents from the time and to record interviews with some of participants in the struggle so that the lessons of the campaign are not lost.
Upcoming event: Wednesday March 31st 3pm Trafalgar Square to commemorate 20th anniversary of Poll Tax Riot. "Open loud hailer, top speakers, Class War, misty-eyed memories, pub afterwards!"
On the newswire: The Poll Tax: twenty years on
In the early hours of February 26th, Nottinghamshire County Council voted to endorse a controversial budget which will see jobs cut, care homes sold off to the private sector and the cost of services for the elderly and disabled increased. Campaigners opposed to the plans rallied in Mansfield and outside County Hall to show their anger at the proposals and council workers are currently being balloted for industrial action (but not a strike) against a related attack on terms and conditions.
The county council's programme of cuts comes in a political climate in which all the main political parties have expressed their belief in the need for cuts to public sectors in light of the economic damage wrought by the banking collapse and subsequent bailout. The Labour-run city council are also planning to cut staff as well as closing Victoria Baths along with libraries in Wilford and Beechdale.
According to local rag the Evening Post, Nottingham City Council has "Nottingham City Council has banned large-scale graffiti art to take place at youth clubs. Those affected will reportedly be The Arches, Russell Youth Club and St Ann's Adventure Playground. It is not specified in the article what law or procedure has been used to do this.
The alleged ground for this ban is that legal graffiti encourages illegal graffiti or gives an appearance of neglect. This is based on the so-called "broken window theory."
While the ban appears to be restricted to council-run youth clubs, this is not clear and there is some concern that the ban might extend further, possibly to private graffiti displays (like that on the side of OhMyGosh records on Mansfield Road). Even if it's scope is tightly restricted, the removal of a legal space for young people to express themselves has been strongly criticised.
Nottingham grafitti showcase: OhMyGosh Graffiti / Spray Art Session Finished | OhMyGosh Charity Live Graffiti Art Session Street Party: Pix 1 | OhMyGosh Charity Live Graffiti Art Session Street Party: Pix 2 | Spray Art at the ASBO - Pictures | City Arts, Graffiti Art :: Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham | Forest Fields Youth Club: Artwork and Graffiti 1 | Forest Fields Youth Club: Artwork and Graffiti 2 | Graffiti Artists in the Arboretum, Nottingham
On Saturday February 6th, the Save Victoria Baths campaign held a demo in protest at the council's plans to shut Victoria Leisure Centre on April 1st. The event was well attended and attracted a fair amount of media attention. Although the council seems to have made its decision, campaigners believe the fight is far from over. They will hand over a petition against the closure on Monday February 8th.
The campaign has also announced on its website that users of the Victoria Leisure Centre have formally threatened legal action against the council over its sudden announcement that the centre will be closing on April 1st. The legal action asks the council to withdraw the decision and keep the centre open whilst the planning process is undertaken, echoing the appeals of the campaign. London public law firm, Pierce Glynn are acting on behalf of the users, seeking a judicial review, accusing the council of failing to take into account the fact that no planning application has been submitted, that this process will take at least several months, and failing to take into account the impact this will have on users, especially disabled ones.
After a long period of silence from the council the Save Victoria Baths campaign have learnt that the authority intend to close Victoria Leisure Centre on 31 March 2010, despite having no approved plans for development and no planning permission to demolish what is already there. The campaign allege that the council intends to relocate staff in February, making it more likely that it will close earlier than then.
Council plans to close Victoria Leisure Centre first emerged in 2008 and generated considerable public opposition. Although campaigners were unable to prevent the closure, they did manage to get the council to promise to keep it open until 2011 and agree to build a (very expensive) new leisure facility on the site. Campaigners are concerned that the council may now go back on both promises leaving the community without a leisure centre.
On the newswire: Council does the dirty on the Save Victoria Bath Campaign | 2008: Victoria Leisure Centre Public Meeting to Oppose Closure | Save Victoria Baths from closure, Demo at the Council House | Council propose to shut Victoria Baths, Sneinton | City Council intends to Close popular leisure facility